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increaseng intermittent eg weakness

Shell2ySShell2y Posts: 80
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I was first scanned and found to have bilateral L4L5 pars defects and slippage about 13 years ago, and despite exercising & physio ec it has gradually become worse ( the standard thing, left leg pain now always, I constantly lean forward without even noticing now as standing up straight is too painful etc) So I am on a waiting list to have fusion and laminectomy, but it could be another 6 -9 months. For the last month though I have been having increasing episodes where both legs become so weak and lose so much sensation I can't stand. It passes after about 15 minutes or so. It also seems my calf muscles are starting to waste a bit as well and they constantly ache. For me to see my specialist its a 250 km trip, but should I do it or just accept its a general worsening, and ignoring it won't do any real damage. I find the weakness and strange sensations scarier than the pain. Has anyone experienced similar or have a view?


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    For me, I think any new symptoms...should at least be phoned into to doc and then doc would be able to determine if it is something that can wait or not.

    Best wishes for successful surgery and speedy recovery!

    Please let us know how you are doing.
    Take care!
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  • I too have had this problem, and yes, the weakness is MUCH scarier than the pain. I have a herniation at l5-S1 and recently my legs and arms became so weak that i couldnt stand. My whole body felt like my brain was unable to communicate with my spinal column. The simplest task like walking to my car and back made me out of breath and i had to collapse on the sofa for 15 min or so so i could regain my strength. I am going to see some new neurosurgoens this next week. the problem with my mri is that the herniation says no nerve compression which is confusing bc it feels like somebody has a hot knife in my back with pain in the legs and weakness. The mri is a year old so i dont know. I am mentally exhausted as i am sick of doctors with their many "opinions" along with the fact that pain management in the state of florida has become nothing short of a nightmare.
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